Bombers rally late to clip Honkers

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Honkers first baseman Jeff Campbell reaches to tag Joe Serrano, of the Battle Creek Bombers, as he gets pulled off the base by a wide throw Wednesday evening at Mayo Field in Rochester. Serrano was called safe on the play. Battle Creek rallied for four runs in the eighth and beat Rochester 7-4, ending the Honkers' three-game win streak.

Battle Creek rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and put an end to the Rochester Honkers' longest win streak since mid-June.

Battle Creek bunched four hits with three walks and scored four times in the top of the eighth to notch a come-from-behind 7-4 win over the Honkers Wednesday night before a crowd of 1,125 at Mayo Field.

It halted Rochester's winning streak at three games, the team's longest win streak since it won eight in a row in the first half of the 70-game Northwoods League season.

Rochester dipped to 9-22 in the second half North Division standings, and Battle Creek won for the seventh time in its last 10 games and is 14-18 in the South Division.

Joe Serrano greeted Honkers relief pitcher Hayden Edwards with a two-run double to left field to cap the rally, after the Bombers scored the first two against reliever Nick Dolsky (Oklahoma State).


Dolsky allowed five hits and four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings and took the loss to drop to 1-5. Rochester starter Derrick Hadley (Sam Houston St.) pitched well allowing only one hit and an unearned run though four innings.

The Honkers erased Battle Creek's 2-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Friel (Hofstra) singled and later stole home from third base on a successful double-steal. Parker Sullivan (Minnesota State) singled and scored on a hit by Caleb Dugas (Copiah-Lincoln C.C.) and an error in the outfield.

Dugas, Max Murphy (Bradley) and Jeff Campbell (North Dakota) all had two hits each for Rochester.The Honkers had 11 hits, but unlike Tuesday when they had 11 extra-base hits, this time they all were singles.

Rochester continues its season-ending six-game homestand against the Lakeshore Chinooks tonight and Friday night at Mayo Field.

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